Ask Kym: Factors Illinois Courts May Consider for the Allocation of Pet Responsibility

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After the seminal case of the Marriage of Enders, in 750 ILCS 503(n), Illinois law established the allocation of pet responsibility in divorces.  Here are a few of the factors that a court may consider:

  1. Who owns the companion animal;
  2. Who pays for the companion animal’s needs;
  3. Who takes care of the companion animal’s daily needs;
  4. Who walks/plays with the companion animal;
  5. Who takes the companion animal to veterinarian appointments;
  6. Each party’s relationship with the companion animal; and
  7. The child(ren)’s relationship with the companion animal(s).
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